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Tangerine Oval Storage Table Basket


  • Hand woven in rural Senegal with natural grasses and thin strips of plastic from the local prayer mat factory, this Tangerine colored basket will brighten any room and be a useful addition anywhere cheery color is desired. These simple and modern baskets are a stylish and practical way to store everyday items in every room of the house. In a kitchen they can hold fruits, vegetables and breads. In a bathroom they could stash towels, hair brushes, and toiletries. On a shelf or dresser, they can keep small accessories within reach. They also look great atop a bookshelf or cabinet. They're ethical, sustainable, and minimalist-approved!

    The Wolof technique of wrapping natural fibers with plastic cord and then coiling the long strands together makes these baskets ultra-durable and resistant to heat or moisture damage.

    Measures 14"L x 12"W x 4"T; size may vary slightly. Fair trade.

Wolof Weavers of Rural Senegal

This coil style of basket weaving has been practiced in Senegal for generations. Traditionally, Wolof women created baskets by binding njodax, a thick local grass, with long strips of reed. Though reed strips could be harvested locally, they were very hard on the hands of the weavers. About 20 years ago, an idea revolutionized Wolof basket weaving. A factory in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, creates mats using plastic strips that strongly resemble the reed strips. Using the plastic strips to replace the sharp natural material, conditions for the weavers drastically improved and the baskets began to burst into vibrant colors.

Since 2008, Swahili has worked with a group of talented Wolof weavers in remote Senegal to design hampers and baskets woven from the salvaged plastic strips and cattail stalks. First introduced by the Peace Corps, Swahili and more than 120 Wolof women prove that cooperative, home-based craft export is an excellent way for rural women to earn fair trade incomes that build healthy communities.

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